Archbold, OH

Breakfast Catching On At Elementary School

Having breakfast at school is catching on at Archbold Elementary.

Dorothy Lambert, elementary school principal, told members of the Archbold Area School Board during their Monday night, Nov. 17, meeting, the school served 1,493 breakfasts during the months of August and September.

The single-day record for the number of students having breakfast at school was 74.

Lambert said several members of the elementary staff are pitching in to make the breakfast program a success.

The school’s first trimester has ended. Grade cards for students will go home on Friday, Nov. 21.

Lambert said the grade cards use an objective reporting system in which teachers check off skills individual students have mastered. She said it takes a lot of time for a teacher to prepare the report cards.

When students return to the elementary after Thanksgiving, the elementary school book fair is set to begin. It runs Dec. 1-5.

Proceeds from the book fair go to support Right to Read Week activities. This year’s Right to Read Week is Feb. 23-27, 2009.

As part of the activities, an author of children’s book will visit the school.

“It will be an exciting week,” Lambert said.

The school will hold its parent teacher conferences, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24 and 25.

Christmas Child

Tim Meister, Archbold High School principal, said Stephanie Schmidt, an AHS student, recently directed a collection for Operation Christmas Child.

Part of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief organization, Operation Christmas Child packs shoeboxes full of gifts, then ships them to needy children around the world.

The organization’s website states that since 1993, 61 million shoeboxes have been packed, shipped, and distributed throughout the world.

Meister said an “unbelievable amount of items” had been collected.

“Kudos to Stephanie and Archbold High School,” Meister said.

Meister told the board members the AHS fall play was “very much a student-driven” program.

He said Kent Vandock, the vocal music director, allowed the students to do everything from selecting the play to scheduling rehearsals, building the sets, and actually directing.

Meister said Vandock acts as a facilitator, allowing the students to learn about directing, casting, and other parts.

“It literally all happens in six weeks,” he said.

The high school has several musical events scheduled.

The Christmas choir concert is 2:30 pm, Sunday, Dec. 14, in the high school auditorium.

The following day, The Company, the AHS show choir, will perform at the Toledo Zoo at 2 pm and 5:30 pm. The program corresponds with the Lights at the Zoo program.

High school semester exams will be Dec. 19, 22, and 23.

Middle School

Michael Pressler, Archbold Middle School principal, said Monday, Dec. 8, the middle school Christmas concert will be held at the high school auditorium.

There will be a presentation at 1 pm, followed by a 7 pm show with bands and choirs.

Pressler said the school’s parent-teacher conferences are Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24 and 25. He said the conferences have received tremendous response from parents.

Available appointments are just about filled, he said.

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